• Facts:
    • Project name: Advanced Low Flying Aircrafts Detection and Tracking
    • Project acronym: ALFA
    • Project Coordinator: Technikon Forschungs- und Planungsgesellschaft mbH
    • Project start: 1st January 2017
    • Project duration: 36 months

The ALFA project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 700002.


Project Partners:


Advanced Low Flying Aircrafts Detection and Tracking


Mission of ALFA:

The ALFA system bridges this detection capability gap by drastically improving the situational awareness through the detection of LSS (Low, Small and Slow) manned and unmanned aircraft. ALFA is future-ready as technologies for drone detection will be a part of the system, which will use heterogeneous, easy-to-deploy mobile sensors based on several novel technologies. With their active participation, the ALFA system will make a significant contribution to the development of EUROSUR (in particular, cooperating with SIVE and SIVICC) and be suitable for a range of other missions and scenarios such as homeland and event protection and the protection of critical infrastructure.



The last decades witnessed the ever growing effectiveness of Europe-subsidized border protection projects like SIVE and SIVICC. As maritime smuggling from Morocco towards the European borders of Portugal and Spain was combated more effectively, the criminal modus operandi changed drastically, approaching air routes with cheap and small planes. New drone technology opens the opportunity to both manned and unmanned airborne drug transports. Launched from any location and moving at low altitude and speed to mask their presence with the present clutter environment, drones can autonomously reach any landing site under nearly all circumstances.


ALFA Leaflet [PDF]
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ALFA General Presentation [PDF]
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